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Tuesday 20 Jan 2015

The Art of Community

ap[ART[ is a one night art show, exhibiting thirty artistic originals of Chicago artist Erik Soso. Hosted by NBC Chicago’s Wayne Johnson. All proceeds to benefit UNICEF, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the National Museum of Mexican Art.

See Erik Sosa’s new art show, ap[ART] at the National Museum of Mexican Art (1852 W. 19th St.) on January 24th 2015 from 6 to 10PM. The museum’s galleries will stay open after hours for this special event. This new collection of paintings features thirty new original works by the artist as he celebrates 10 years of creativity and philanthropic endeavors.

Having moved Chicago to Wisconsin six years ago after adopting two boys from Guatemala with his partner, Erik has been busy building and expanding his brand nationwide. His passion for art is carried over to his passion of supporting the non-profit community, especially in the mid-west. 

Erik considers ap[ART] to be a labor of love as he views this art show as an experience to be had by the viewing public. His collection is a true reflection of his evolution from partner to father and from city mouse to country mouse. This unique one night experience is not to be missed as 100% of the proceeds at the door will be evenly distributed among all three organizations. 

For more information about the ap[Art] or to reserve a ticket to the event, please log on to ErikSosa.com. or call 773-255-5068.

Community Art!
Bill Pritchard

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Thursday 15 Jan 2015

Buddy Up

Best Friends

Each year, the 1L class of the John Marshall Law School holds a fundraiser benefitting a non-profit of their choice. This year, Best Buddies. was chosen as the recipient of this years benefit.

Best Buddies is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.(IDD)

Best Buddies’ eight formal programs — Middle Schools, High Schools, Colleges, Citizens, e-Buddies®, Jobs, Ambassadors, and Promoters — positively impact nearly 800,000 individuals with and without disabilities worldwide. Best Buddies volunteers annually contribute, at no cost to their communities, support services that equate to more than $168 million dollars.

As a result of their involvement with Best Buddies, people with IDD secure rewarding jobs, live on their own, become inspirational leaders, and make lifelong friendships. For more information on the great work of Best Buddies, go to www.bestbuddies.org

Join the students of John Marshall Law School in reaching their goal of $5,000! You can contribute simply via their Go Fund Me page here.

Community!
Bill Pritchard

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Saturday 6 Dec 2014

The Great Elaine Dame!

You’re My Thrill

Whether you’re old or an old soul, jazz is something that always makes a moment great. If you are young or young at heart, Elaine Dame always thrills with her performance!

I was introduced to Elaine a while back, by my dear friend, Mark Grotto, over dinner and drinks at Taverna 750 in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood. It was love at first listen! Elaine’s command of her voice is really something to witness. It’s not that she’s just a good singer, she can take words and sounds, and articulate them giving them the appearance of action. It’s like she’s dancing with her lyrics.

From her regular appearances at The Rainbow Room in New York City to her monthly Sunday night residency at Taverna 750 and her Wednesday-night residency at Macku Signature, to headlining venerable Chicago jazz clubs like The Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club and The Drake Hotel’s famed Coq D’Or, Elaine’s is a career spent at the heart of sophisticated, swinging, urban jazz.

Just in time for the holiday season, Elaine has unveiled her sophomore CD, “You’re My Thrill!” She hosted the whole city on December 1st at her release party at Chicago's legendary Joe & Wayne Segal's Jazz Showcase.

Adding to the evening was pianist Dennis Luxion; Bassist Jake Vinsel; Drumer Jon Deitemyer; Guitarist Andy Brown; Trumpeter Art Davis; Trombonist Russ Phillips; Saxophonist Chris Madsen, and Chicago jazz singer Paul Marinaro. Mark and I had perfect seats, tasty wine, and a fabulous time! Check out this clip from the evening. It's one of my favorite tunes from the album, “I want to be Happy”.



You can find more on Elaine Dame via her website, www.elainedame.com. "You're My Thrill!” is available there and on iTunes.

Happy Too!

Bill Pritchard

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Tuesday 2 Dec 2014

World of Chocolate Success

Sweets tooth:

HAPPY HOLIDAY’S! You can tell it’s that time of year when the AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) throws its annual World of Chocolate gala.This year’s theme, Decadence Defined - was quite the celebration; all to benefit the life changing work of the AFC.

Folks enjoyed sweet and savory chocolate samples from thirty of Chicago's finest culinarians in the Great Hall at Union Station. Guests also enjoyed an open bar and light buffet. VIP ticket holders were granted access to the private World of Chocolate VIP Lounge; hosting exclusive chocolate samples, champagne bar and views from the top.

View a list of Featured Culinarians. For photos of the party go to the World of Chocolate gallary here on ChicagoPride.com

XOXO!
Bill Pritchard

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Thursday 23 Oct 2014

My Gay Roommate: Partner in Crime

Partners In Crime:

My Gay Roomate’s, Noam Ash is wrapping up his third season; surpassing 3,000,000 hits on YouTube with a new installation of #MGR. “…this past year has been a huge one for our team, and we're so excited to end this season with a bang!”, says Noam.  

The season ends with Nick and Ed not coping well with Jack's (the Cowboy) departure, and the Monster takes drastic action to set them on the right course.  But will he succeed?  At a crossroads in their relationship, the boys have to decide what's to become of their friendship after the crazy year they've spent together.

The video is even climaxed with an original song by lyrcist-composer team Carner & Gregor; making for a Broadway feel to the season’s end. I couldn’t stop smiling!



Be sure to follow’s Noam’s YouTube channel. I can promise you, we will see more from this creative mind and his great friends!

I’ll miss you the most Monster!
Bill Pritchard

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